Graeme Souness Announces British Heart Foundation Scotland as New National Partner

Wed 27th September 2023

Ahead of World Heart Day tomorrow, former Rangers player and Manager Graeme Souness helped the Foundation announce the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland as our new National Charity Partner for this season.

man and girl with boardThe Foundation has pledged to raise £25,000 for the British Heart Foundation over the course of the season and aims to encourage 50,000 people – the capacity of Ibrox Stadium – to learn lifesaving CPR via the charity’s free online tool, RevivR.

RevivR allows people to learn CPR in just 15 minutes and aims to give people the skills and confidence to save a life. It teaches people how to recognise a cardiac arrest, gives feedback on chest compressions and outlines the correct steps in using a defibrillator. All people need is a mobile phone and a firm cushion.

The Foundation will be spreading the word about the RevivR on-line tool, which can be downloaded HERE, and will also highlight important messages about heart disease, heart health and the resources available to those with heart conditions.

An estimated 700,000 people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in Scotland and the conditions are some of Scotland’s biggest killers, causing around 50 deaths each day.CPR poster

Graeme Souness has personal experience of heart disease and understands firsthand how important the work of the BHF is.

Souness said: “I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease at 38 and had a triple bypass. When I was diagnosed, I was extremely fit. I never thought I’d be the type of person to get heart disease, but if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.

“Ten years later, I had a stent fitted as another one of my arteries had become blocked. Then in November 2015, I was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack at home.

“Thankfully, I’m now OK, but without the research the BHF has helped fund into heart and circulatory diseases, it could have been a different story.”

British Heart Foundation logoDavid McColgan, Head of the British Heart Foundation in Scotland commented: “We’re delighted the Rangers Charity Foundation has chosen BHF Scotland as its National Charity Partner for the season.

“Heart and circulatory diseases are some of Scotland’s biggest killers and we hope this partnership will help us raise awareness in Scotland’s footballing community about the importance of looking after your heart health, while also enabling more people to learn lifesaving CPR skills and raise an incredible amount of money for the British Heart Foundation.”

woman doing CPRRangers Charity Foundation Chief Executive Connal Cochrane added: “The work of the British Heart Foundation Scotland aligns closely with the Foundation’s values in terms of health and well-being and education and we are delighted to be able to combine both these pillars in a project which will roll out life-saving skills to thousands of fans.

“Our donation this season will support the British Heart Foundation’s RevivR on-line tool which is a really simple, easy way to learn key skills in your own home which could save a life.

“We also look forward to working with the British Heart Foundation on a number of other initiatives over the course of the season, such as providing free blood pressure checks at some home games for fans and sharing important information about heart health and where to go for help and advice.”

Take a look at RevivR HERE and you could save a life!

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